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MCCOY STUDENTS PLANT SENSORY GARDEN

 

September 29, 2017

McCoy third graders recently planted a perennial garden; this is a year-long learning project. The project was funded by a ConocoPhillips educational grant. A vacant area of the playground is now landscaped with flowers and plants that will come back every year. Students have a sensory garden to enjoy and delight in the senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. The gentle crunch of graveled pathways, the dark bark mulch showcasing beautiful flowers, the aroma of flowers as well as texture and varieties of color and heights all add to the elements that appeal to all five senses. Students have a whimsical birdbath, and hummingbird feeders, as well as small birdhouses in their garden.

Parents and students all met on a Sunday afternoon to begin the project. It was truly all hands on deck as pathways were laid out, flowers planted, mulch laid and then a final watering.

The garden has already started as a community garden project; local manure donated by Leo Samora was added to the dirt to give organic matter, McCoy neighbor Kim Hutchens added her gardening expertise as well as labor; Dixie Blackwell a McCoy educational associate brought Rose of Sharon and strawberry plants for each child to plant and added her artistic and gardening experience; irises were donated by the Clow family, and Samantha Hannah, an educational associate at McCoy, donated shepherd hooks to the garden project.

 

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